Critical Mass Manifesto

By The Critical Mass for Nigerian Change in our Lifetime.

Vision for Nigerian Change in our lifetime: Critical Mass Manifesto This manifesto frames the vision of Nigeria's third generation. It is a compilation of schemes, plans, programs, and goals which its compilers have committed to in their collective quest for positive change in Nigeria. It's fundamental premise is that Nigeria's drift and incapability so far has been the consequence of a missing shared vision and the absence of consensus around a vision. This document and the process that has created it corrects those two problems and every single complier has made a personal commitment to the framework and ideology that this document creates. It is an ideology of new Africans in the global age and is completely non-partisan even if in pursuit of openness, change, progress and action. As you read through or contribute please remember that the Critical Mass for Nigerian Change in our Lifetime is not an organisation but a movement spreading consensus, sharing vision and committing to action one person at a time. It is your time. It is Nigeria's time.

How to modernise and “effectivise” Nigeria's cultural and traditional heritage. How to remove money from politics. How to create Nigerian literature into an institution that creates. How to develop tourism in Nigeria. 6. How to improve access to justice. How to achieve emancipation from neo-colonisation and neo-imperialism. How to define Nigeria's military policy. How to spark off the industrial revolution in Nigeria. How to create a Nigeria that westerners can truly live in. How to remove the ethical gap that exists in Nigerian public life. 17. 15. 35. 5. Bringing Nigeria into the modern world economy. 28. 38. 11. 36. “ “ “ “ economic “ 7. How to create effective political institutions. 2. How to protect our culture & create our own comprehensive system of values reference points. 20. How to “colonise” West Africa. 42.Contents 1. 27. How to deal with religious divides. How to define Nigeria's foreign policy. How to get our country back from the stooges of imperialism 40. “ “ “ “ social “ 8. 39. How to reinstate the privilege of Nigerian citizenship. How to develop citizens 25. How to stop racism and sexism in Nigeria. 32. 4. 9. 12. How to capitalise on Sino-Indian goals of exporting technology. 18. How to get stolen and expatriated money back into the Nigerian economy. 13. How to reform the press and return to a free press. 26. How to bridge the gap between town and gown. How to bring the rural poor into the 21st century. How to improve urban living standards. 22. How to terminate all the ghosts of Nigeria's past. 33. How to resolve National Question. 31. ideas. How to achieve food sufficiency. How to develop a fair fiscal and revenue-generation arrangement for Nigeria. 10. synthesise ideas. How to create an open and pluralistic society. How to leverage the economic power of Nigerians in the diaspora and from other blacks in the diaspora. 34. How to draw on our western heritage while leveraging our traditional values in the creation of a competitive national culture. 24. How to develop an effective financial system 23. How to develop a transportation backbone for Nigeria. propagate them and permeate the minds of Nigerians. 3.How to effectively bridge the digital divide with the west. How to reverse the “brain-drain”. 41. 37. . 16. How Nigeria can lead the first modern “black” civilisation. How to dramatically expand Nigeria's middle class. 21. 19. 30. 29. How to create an effective government 14.

How to tap the Nigerian potential. 44. 47. How to achieve social security in Nigeria. 52. A meaning of freedom that we all agree with. How to make sport a multi-billion dollar Nigerian industry. How to establish a meritocracy in Nigeria. How to create universal education in Nigeria. How to become a world leader in sports and the arts. 50.43. 46. 53. 48. How to solve the housing problem. Open Issues . 55. How to expand and equalise opportunity in Nigeria. Open-ended vision or Nigeria. 45. 49. How to achieve key MDGs. How to protect our environment and achieve sustainability. How to protect our freedom(s). 56. 54. 51.

buy into Nigeria and get a free pass into West Africa. Steel. Adjust the Nigerian transportation system to be able to become tourism-oriented and develop domestic tourism. Power. Banking. 2. . shopping areas. 4. Knowledge worker here refers to any individual who possesses multiple skill tracks adaptable across industries. ports. and outright lawlessness (absence of rule of law). the rules of engagement need to be amended so that the primary goal is to boil each multilateral act into Naira and Kobo or some other measurable economic effect. Over time. In particular. keeping the money circulating in Nigeria and generating economic benefit in Nigeria. Nigeria must deal with armed robbery. effective police response. The main idea would be to become a regional hub. Oil & Gas. By being in tandem with South Africa we can develop a preferred market for Nigerian companies to raise capital and have access to and draw mass from Africa's biggest economy which has the same need in this respect. openness of opportunity and the opportunity for lower middle class jobs. as this capital becomes domesticated. Create an effective program for producing 60 million knowledge workers in 40 years. Aviation. Furthermore. some of which are actually quite richer than us in terms of incomes. While endorsing a continuation of this approach. Fix the domestic security situation. Complete the overhaul of the Nigerian power infrastructure and lead a massive infrastructure creation drive in roads. In the creation of knowledge workers. 3.Vision One: Bringing Nigeria into the modern world economy. Advertising & Media. Maintain close economic cooperation and co-development with South Africa while synchronising economic plans and technological/scientific standards. Nigeria can attract much more foreign investment as the attraction pitch now becomes. Getting the infrastructure laid is a basic. we can take more of the big-dollar expenditures of our neighbours. The final and perhaps most challenging would be locking in foreign investment in spite of international bearishness on Nigeria where companies who have been in Nigeria for 60 years routinely repatriate profits. and roads. The specific action steps for doing this would be in search of building critical mass in 7 key industries namely. Continued multilateralism. About making Nigeria safe for tourism. the holders of both the economic and human capital would be able to lead the economic jump-start in Nigeria. Telecoms and education. in the immediate short run Nigeria would be able to export more skilled people whose financial repatriations would become ever more important in Nigeria's search for investment capital and foreign exchange. business districts. Become a regional infrastructure and economic hub. 7. Create policies that “entrap” foreign investment particularly in the Oil & Gas and telecoms industries. 1. the target is to attract black westerners who would stream to Nigeria once it is established as a visitable place One of the current barriers to that is the impossibility of any foreigner visiting Nigeria without knowledge of Nigeria. 8. Consumer Goods. The problem with Nigerian multilateralism has been its failure to nail down economic benefits. Vision Two: How to “colonise” West Africa. 6. That way. Another importance of pushing domestic tourism is to lead to openness in Nigerian society with attendant economic mobility. 5.

's share would be. 5. Allow local government status to every hamlet that seeks it but enshrine a clear but fair revenue allocation mechanism that distributes collected revenue at source. nuclear energy development. Banking. Increase the constitutional function allocated to the local governments and create local governments to mirror ethnic and sub-ethnic arrangements. telecoms satellites. Nigeria needs to place a greater stake in ECOWAS as a foreign policy priority even beyond the AU. 5. . The objective is to formalise their roles and bring the ethnic nationalities into government at all levels.G. Nigeria's second official language is French. 4. Push the idea of Buy into Nigeria. Nigeria just needs to go one better in demonstrating that West African cultural diversity converges in Nigeria while linking it to Caribbean and Diaspora cultures. get West Africa free. 2. The basis of unity exists but has not been established beyond reasonable doubt. but also using film. this principle would help keep all states viable or to put it differently. military technology etc. Ensure Universal Basic Education with strong universal teaching of civic and ethics. to obviate unviable states and stop the situation where whole states can't pay the meagre salaries of their own employees. For example. 3. making duties and rates competitive and tying these to electricity supply and other leverages Nigeria currently has. Vision Three: How to Resolve the National Question Nigeria remains a mere geographic expression. Reform the Land Use Act to enshrine communal ownership of land while establishing clear enforceable standards of ownership. 6. Enshrine the derivation principle which allows states and local governments to collect their own revenue and pay taxes to the federal government. 4. 2.1. 7. 3. Fundamental to this is the unfortunate situation resultant from the fact that fiscal competition in Nigeria has been about who takes more and not who 1. Competing with the Ports of neighbouring countries as the preferred port for Nigeria's land-locked neighbours by ensuring efficiency. This can be promoted using events and media. Irrespective of what the F. If you love Brazilian music you should visit Nigeria where it all started. Create Incentives for Nigerian companies moving into West Africa particularly in the areas of Aviation. Start to make strong use of West African economic dependence on Nigeria to push an ECOWAS that pushes the Nigerian agenda. Promote the shared culture of West Africa which is perhaps best demonstrated in Nigeria. Advertising & Media. Convert traditional rulership as an institution into a constitutionally guaranteed and defined role. 6. football sports and art. Convene a truly sovereign national conference which would originally negotiate the terms for Nigerian nationhood. This needs to be reinforced by introducing French on official Nigerian documents. financial standards. Steel. NEPAD and NAM etc. Telecoms and Education. Aim to develop technological standards that West African nations can not aspire to but which they can share with Nigeria. Consumer Goods. Develop other natural resources which are abundant in Nigeria applying the same revenuedistribution standards. creating a great number of French speakers etc. Nigeria needs to start pushing it internationally and in developing Nigerian tourism must allow trickle-downs of inflows into West Africa to give West African nations a stake in promoting West Africa as a common culture. music. 7.. subtitling media programs in French. Oil & Gas. Power.

The cities. This would map the as-is states of these states and then establish a desired state following which clear action would then be taken to create the desired state looking into the future. pollution fines. The creation of full-scale comprehensive and well-thought-out mass transit schemes in the three biggest cities and Abuja. Ibadan. These associations with their direct contact with households. reform of such must become a priority. the states. Where there are laws or statutes preventing this scheme. The postreinforcement local governments. have either a residential association. Also. Recruit 10000 police for each million of population in each of these cities. subways. and eradicate breeding sites for rats and mosquitoes. . based on careful estimates. These plans would integrate light rail. Set a new standard for the creation of new neighbourhoods and developments requiring basic infrastructure requirements to include cell-sites. Port Harcourt. This does not need to constitute a tax but moral persuasion. This could be built into local laws. taxis. Private companies can be chartered to build these services with contracts that become renewable and subject to competitive bidding and buy-out within a set period say 40 years. with their accommodation and basic needs covered. 4. 2. fines for public littering. These associations have mainly served to make security arrangements in form of street gates and OPC payments. Abeokuta.Vision Four: How to Improve Urban living standards 1. have a huge potential for strengthening and making local government effective. National grid connection. Another workable scheme is the use of this organisations to check the delivery of governance at the local level for example by constitutionally granting audit functions on these organisations. stolen money is repatriated and informal sources are tapped. states and local governments have to provide the right sorts of guarantees and incentives to these charter companies. 5. say 21. garbage collection and disposal. Commission a re-design of the urban layouts for the ten largest Nigerian cities. etc. The National service scheme could be expanded to include graduates of the Universal Basic Education schemes. The money for the services would come from working the financial markets which are poised to increasingly develop muscle as consolidation occurs. Benin. a land-lord association or both. Abuja. but also to fix rent prices. public water source. and the ability of the landlords to press action. Kano. Enugu. large bus services. Kaduna. One would be the use of local unemployed youths in the building. to serve in the local police forces. These young people could volunteer upon reaching a set age. Onitsha. the two major causes of disease in Nigeria. and local governments should have the burden of paying their salaries while they still belong to the federal government. Lagos. and maintenance of roads and other public infrastructure with government organisation and resources. for three years following which they would qualify for full scholarships in Nigerian Universities should they meet admission requirements 6. water taxis and ferries (where possible) and rail services. Many workable schemes could be built around them. banks. States failing to “stick to the plan” would then be sanctioned and fail to benefit from a special Federal fund for these cities. for example in the approval of public projects surpassing a certain threshold amount. there would be a payroll tax deducted directly from the transport benefits of formally employed people over a set time. local informal businesses. Another source are the churches and other religious organisations which tap a lot of money and can be induced to spend it on such a socially desirable cause. 3. Wage a war against public filth in these cities by funding modern sewer systems. Every Nigerian neighbourhood in the major cities of the South. hospitals. with all other cities coming on stream as resources become available in terms of population size and economic importance.

7. Massive building of sports facilities and public meeting places. the charging of 2 years rental deposits. and eventually lead to the reduction of the military which. In Nigeria's major cities. with rents being a significant portion of household incomes. rents have risen constantly over time and. These can be financed by constraining the Nigerian “owambe” crowd to rent these facilities for their parties. 2. For the sake of social justice this system has to be reformed. including maintaining houses in the appropriate way and delivering well-maintained rental properties to renters or simply the prevention of greedy fees and the practice of charging 2 year rents in advance. A new unit in the office to handle all government procurements which would be subject to oversight by the presidency. 5. parks. A reform of the military to give compulsory military training to all Nigerians reaching the age of 18 years. Also necessary might be caps on rental rate increases. 9. plant covered walks. towns and villages in their jurisdiction as defined today. Recreation of green spaces within urban areas in the form of trees. Several new neighbourhoods need to be built in the 10 major cities. Enforce strict property standards. This service would nationalise all Nigerians. the executive branch can be given the right to meet certain certified conditions for having that power for limited periods upon the approval of the state executives and the central legislature with simple rules of passage. To lower the gap between the benefits derived by landlords and those derived by tenants either of two things can be done. Schemes sponsoring user-built homes in the major cities need also to be considered and the mortgage system which is the most underutilised sector of the economy can be promoted despite Nigerians' strong aversion to long-term debt. It might be necessary to create more local governments but the bulk of revenue earned and even political and legal control should remain with local governments where governance is closest to the people and the use of power and allocation of resources can be best monitored. 10. fields. Reverse the centralisation of power at the political and geographical centre in favour of the local government level. the federal government could be denied of the sole right to maintain police forces. 6. at this stage in Nigerian history is not needed at its current . The Nigerian house needs to change to use more economical materials than are used now especially in view of favourable climate. Reform the electoral system such that all parties would be funded by the state while placing a strict cap on the amounts that can be raised from other means. The funding of parties would apply only to electoral matters. 8. again with other cities being brought in as conditions allow. based on reimbursement of expenses spent on campaigning and allied matters. Some of the factors to consider in raising financing for this scheme is the attraction of mass-production builders with the right incentives to build economically. wooded areas etc. At the same time. the rental properties are themselves not maintained and often basic facilities are not made available. The constitution should be amended to allow the executive at the centre to make representations to claim certain powers when needed but with renewal clause. Constitutional role given to office of due process which would be removed from the executive branch and placed under judicial control. Vision Five: How to create effective political institutions 1. 4. Create constitutional guarantee of judicial independence by creating a constitutional stipulation separating the expenditures for the judiciary and for the electoral commission 3. for example giving them mayoral type duties over the cities. For example. Worse still. The role of traditional rulers as “permanent” public officials can be written into the constitution. and the the passing of property owner costs to tenants. so have unfair fees. has been a main contributing factor to inflation and declines in the standard of living. shirking of tenant rights. As the rents have risen.

in principle. populations and monuments. Reforming judicial procedure and making judicial processes more transparent. allowing for their antecedents to be scrutinised by the public before they ever end up in office. 10. Improving the speed of judicial processes. it is a fact that colonial policies made Nigeria a net food importer. This would also delete the civilian-military power divide that exists in Nigeria. simplifying and modernising Nigeria's laws. etc. Reform of the judiciary to improve access to justice and quality of service by. The goal of formalising the informal sector is an important one and this is a prime method for achieving that objective. unemployed or inform members of their extended family. Another way of improving access to justice would be to facilitate public defenders and citizen counsellors to provide legal assistance and services to low-income individuals. This could be like the PDP fielding Ibrahim Babangida and Pat Utomi. customary matters and civil suits. especially against the government. 8. retaining and developing people for the job of central banking. 3. to a corporation owned by all the Nigerian people with any purchases from the corporation going directly to a trust that promotes investment in Nigerian minerals. chairmanship or presidential candidate's entire range of potential political appointees (especially ministers ). The creation of methods and means for the accurate enumeration of Nigerian property. Post-consolidation. For example. increasing the number of courts particularly those that would handle small claims. This would allow for very accurate planning and the effective use of government resources while also even engendering private enterprise. 2. The operational aspects of the central bank should on the other hand be completely immunised from the banks and run as a corporation employing. It is necessary to roll-back the factors built into the system by colonialism which created this. One scheme could involve granting tax credits and tax refunds to tax payers who demonstrate the care of elderly. The mineral survey map of Nigeria should be vested. with the proceeds going directly . Post-Independence Nigerian governments have largely just taken the colonial template for running a country for their use without readjustments. 11.size and which can be supplanted by volunteer armies as the need arises in the future. Still another reform necessary is the reform of tort laws to enable the ability of wronged parties to seek redress. The granting of street trading licences (daily or weekly). VAT discounts could be offered for cheque payments. 9. 4. Creating a social security system on the backbone of Nigeria's extended family system which already performs that function. Incentives should be given to move all Nigerians into banking sector participation. streets. The technology for this would become cheaper and more readily available and must be tapped. Readjust the structure of the Nigerian economy from the colonial structure that it basically still has. 7. The Nigerian economy is still oriented towards taking value outside Nigeria in its rawest form just like in colonial days. Vision Six: How to create effective economic institutions 1. For example. The teaching of civics in all Nigerian schools as a fundamental part of the curriculum to remove the bogey of uncivilised and unsocialised (non) citizens. Operationalising a new principle which would require parties to field teams of running mates with one political heavyweight and one wonk. 5. This would constrain executives to be much more discerning and careful in selection while weeding out the thieves and dark horses that get foisted on the public and sometimes even the executive. affairs of state could require all payments in bank cheques and electronic cards. 6. Make it compulsory to publicise each gubernatorial. its agencies and larger corporations. the banks should have more control over the board of the Central Bank.

It vests all land in state governments with individuals only having temporary use. This mechanism is outdated and unnecessary and only serve to isolate the Nigerian economy from external sources of finance while making large chunks of Nigeria's foreign exchange reserves unavailable for domestic use and creating a vicious circle of insufficient supply of forex thus pushing down the value of the Naira. Creating a credit rating. Another important reform is to improve the involvement of local communities in the oil the building of new markets and commercial centres. 12. The right to. Another important reform necessary is the need to remove government involvement in the sector with special taxes and royalties. if only to erase government over-reliance on revenue from that sector for its revenues at the neglect of other sectors which contribute more to the national product band but less to government revenue. Even worse is that this practice keeps the vast majorities of operational expenditures outside of Nigeria despite the fact that these monies are financed at great costs to the Nigerian system. but this must never be done at the risk of domestic fuel prices which can remain a competitive factor for the Nigerian economy. 8. private property is one of the most important fundamentals of a free industrialised economy. This is ripe for reform even though reform of this industry is not entirely without serious practical challenges. 7. The United States for example. 15. its attractiveness for refining at cheap costs are great and must be promoted. Because of the superiority of Nigerian crude. A very aggressive campaign to promote quality. The Land Use Act of 1979 completely distorted and continually distrusts this right and its importance. It has also allowed governments to claim people's land without or with merely nominal compensation. The sector. Reforming the structure of the oil industry. making duties and rates competitive and tying these to electricity supply and other leverages Nigeria currently has. Refining capacity worldwide is in serious demand and would be for a long time. leasing and consumer credit system. Nigeria can very easily fill the void. has not had new refineries built for decades due to an unfavourable regulatory and economic environment. This was completely alien to Nigerian cultures which have almost entirely always vested land in families and communities. 14. 11. The most serious is creating a fair formula for apportioning land and returning land to its original owners. that enables the dispensing of consumer loans for the purchase of capital goods like cars. The differentials in transportation and financing costs would eliminate the vicious cycle of fuel importation and subsidy removals. One simple formula that must be considered is to set up a commission that would develop . It has also denied the owners of mineral-holding lands from benefiting from the value of their property. environmental and innovation standards with rewards given in a market-driven incentive system. 9. Competing with the Ports of neighbouring countries as the preferred port for Nigeria's land-locked neighbours by ensuring efficiency. part-paying JV calls in Naira and making the major chunk of earned forex available for domestic use. One of the prime goals has to be the elimination of the joint ventures and production sharing contracts in which the Federal Government pays the the larger share of E & P costs in exchange for the same percentage of profits. sectors like agriculture and industry. Nigeria can easily become a major refiner of petroleum products. despite its importance needs to have its preferred sector status removed. The national adoption of the Proudly Nigerian campaign and the liberalisation of the local textiles and clothing market including the industrialisation of traditional fabrics. These lands should belong to the owners of the land who would need to be negotiated with by any corporations or interests seeking the minerals therein. and the protection of. The enforcement of intellectual property rights in view of Nigeria's potential in the global English language media. One good way to do this would be to repeal laws that vest ownership of all mineral-holding land in the Federal government. 10. 13. houses etc. Shoring-up the Naira by localising the foreign reserves.

The idea would be to dramatically improve tax collection but allowing a variety of tax breaks to deliver the various policy ends needed for social and economic change. Building policy on the acknowledgement of government's failures and incompetence particularly recognising that taxes have gone unpaid. Nigerian languages are starting to die off. that institution now needs to be engaged with the ethical and developmental needs of society so that the vast sums contributed to the churches can fund universities. This would include all land in current occupation. Yoruba is a search language served by Google. The solution to this is to start a 50-year program with the objective of developing scripts for all Nigerian languages. Vision Seven: Reforming Social Institutions 1. The Nigerian Police is crying for reform. filling-in the gaps where government can not be effective. this is a disaster. make spare parts. Educational Sector 5. norms and values can be protected would be by modernising them.accurate guidelines for establishing ownership and then reviewing all lands with public and community input. This is another symptom of the constant erosion of Nigerian languages many of which still have no script. Weapons use and fitness training and tests must be frequent. Universities Vision Eight: Modernising Traditional Nigeria and yet keeping our cultural heritage. With language being one of the prime components of culture. The police must develop a clear capability in forensics. One way would be to improve the capability of local fabrication yards who can reverse-engineer machines. holding teams accountable for individual violations. influential and rich. In changing the current weak structure of Nigeria's economy. 4. This would improve the delivery of primary health care and keep health care expenditures effective. As the church in Nigeria becomes ever more powerful. . The Federal ministry of culture can do a lot to help promote new modernised forms of all Nigerian art. 3. design and build new processes and equipment cheaper even if with lower quality. is to specify a certain percentage of expenditures at all levels to be devoted primary health care. It is looking more and more apparent that the only way that Nigerian cultural values. 17. One thing that can be done to strengthen the health sector. 2. Psychiatric tests must be applied regularly . and relying on 20 Naira bribes for survival. existing title deeds and even those in legal contest. To improve discipline. preventive medicine and social medicine. Nigerian music has successfully undergone this transition with most of our traditional forms of music already substantially modernised to appeal to a populace with ever-increasing taste for all things Western. it is possible to create group internal policing mechanisms such as peer-supervision. As at January 2006. it is important to reverse this situation. they are still not being translated and their grammars and structures are not being studied. only one Nigerian language. before handing over lands that can their ownerships can be clearly and incontrovertibly proven. 1. 16. and whistle-blower protection and reward. schools. A database of criminal and offenders must be created and the ability of police to dial-in to access this database must be promoted. It has to be the worst police in the whole wide world which has its corps buying their own uniforms and materials. All other lands may vest in the state but the families in the area would have buy-out rights at market rates. transports systems and hospitals. 2. Given Nigeria's technological backwardness and the fact that imports continue to be dominated by expenditures on machine parts and replacement parts for capital goods.

Another way to promote an open society would be to protect the rights of non-indigenes of towns and cities to buy land and rent property at the going market rates. developing literature in those languages and studying their language and structures. There is no established Nigerian cuisine. pluralistic and secular society. and developed into a cuisine in itself. 4. Most of Nigeria remains archaeologically unexplored. Repealing the indigene laws and preventing the discrimination against Nigerian citizens on basis of origin. Vision Nine: How to create an open and plural society. goods and services across the nation in a seamless and easy manner. Passing laws that allow adherents of minority religions to observe their religious holidays. Dealing with the sharia issue. Finally. Sharia may be in Nigeria to stay given the fact that reversing it where it has been passed may unnecessarily heat up the system. a meaningless term. London. Reinstating the universities to their original status as open and “free” institutions in repudiation of the growing encroachment on the status of the universities.3. Nigeria. where it is being determined whether an individual's actions have violated the “Sharia” codes or not. 8. 1. in conjunction with other owners of stolen treasure. Rebuffing the notion that Nigeria is a multi-religious state. There have been no significant studies and expositions of Nigerian history done by Nigerians. 5. Nigerian food must be developed using the same ideas. The most obvious forms are the sponsorship of the pilgrimages to Jerusalem and Mecca. by itself has extraordinary claims to great diversity and originality in food and the art of Nigerian food is deep and alive. Another way to promote and ensure openness in Nigeria would be to balance development to ensure constant flow of people. It can be dealt with in other ways by addressing the ways it threatens an open. a lot of oral traditions have been allowed to be lost forever without record. 6. using new ingredients. A program must be done to have a 100 year trust to completely explore Nigeria archaeologically and investigate/explain the origins of all Nigerian ethnic groups. including nations like Italy. New York. 6. Rome. One way is to give every single individual the right to chose whether to be subjected to “sharia laws” or not. 3. Getting rid of state sponsorship of religion. Nigerian ancient history is virtually unknown and told to us. Paris and other cities. 2. This has to be determined at the point of law enforcement. must now establish the ability to secure these treasures and preserve them in perpetuity. Another way would be to designate areas in the “Sharia states” where the Islamic code would not be applicable. There are so many others and these have to be removed. 7. It is also important to sponsor government news in every single language. all “Sharia” law cases must be subject not only to the “Sharia” court of appeals but ultimately to the supreme court. A strong campaign must be started to reconstruct Nigeria's ancient artefacts where salvageable and to recover those stolen by the West. 5. The moral claim to these treasures have never been higher and Nigeria. A major campaign to eliminate secret societies in Nigeria using methods similar to those . 4. It is also important to study Nigerian history to determine the values that have served our people and cultures for centuries so that these can be promoted and developed even in these modern times so that these values can be combined into a unique Nigerian identity which combines all the values we have borrowed and help create consistency as we push for progress. More important. The West continues to lay claim to these treasures which dominate the museums of Berlin. For that reasons even the larger sub-nations/ethnic groups rely on myth and semi-truths to explain their very origin.

Government's direct funding of the basic infrastructure needed for digital access. Create local fabrication capability. it is believed that the large informal economy imposes costs on the Nigerian productive sector by creating an artificial scarcity of long-term loanable funds. Similarly. Borrow and copy the Korean model of the chaebols. Readjust the structure of the Nigerian economy from the colonial structure that it basically still has. 7. The Nigerian economy is still oriented towards taking value outside Nigeria in its rawest form just like in colonial days. prototypes etc. The whole point is to create contact points and to make more citizens digital users even if they are initially proxy users. Aggressive promotion of processes. 1. This would be very important to ensuring the availability of long-term funds and the ability of Nigerians and Nigerian firms to procure foreign capital goods which is necessary in the near term. Research Institutions. 5. the informal sector is awash with funds that can create more money and which are loanable. 6. Promotion of Nigeria's own technologists by the government using them and creating consortia of local firms if necessary to creation of capability. Post-Independence Nigerian governments have largely just taken the colonial template for running a country for their use without readjustments. etc. Better application of technology to basic tasks like food processing. In fact. 2. This would be followed with schemes allowing transactions to be performed using GSM phones and on-line. In reality. . Affirmative action Flowing down from the above. By making the right technology choices flowing down from the right policies. For example. The informal sector feeds the large import sector as well. 3. Make the control of inflation and upgrading of the value of the Naira into a holy grail until Nigeria's productive base becomes substantial. this would create huge employment for various people from those selling the cards to those who would buy GSM phones to render this service and promote the use of the phones. and all federal or even state government educational institutions. 1. 8. then the cybercafes would boom. and enable these companies to cut their teeth in heavy industries while at the same time developing capability in organic industries. Design and implementation of one single platform for e-governance for all levels of the government which would bring the entire government's transactional base on-line. research institutions and government agencies. it is a fact that colonial policies made Nigeria a net food importer. • • • • • By creating points of contact between the digitally left-behind and the world of “ones and zeroes”. If for example citizens have to pay their children's fees using scratch cards validated over GSM phones. It is necessary to roll-back the factors built into the system by colonialism which created this. selling them to companies or funding start-ups based on these. products. 4. Connecting Universities. Vision Ten:How to spark off the industrial revolution in Nigeria. Lock out the informal economy which is distortedly large and influential. which have been created by Nigeria's universities. if parents had to enrol their children on-line.used in the US and other places. cloth making. Vision Eleven: How to effectively bridge the digital divide with the west.

This combines affirmative action with the right technology choices and policy and funding. 3. Promoting especially working class families on the upper margins. child care. Also giving grants to individuals to acquire second skills. A policy that would instal one technology facility in every single village in Nigeria whether it be a telecoms cell site. and skilled parents. This is very important because the impacts on such groups are highest. Improving credit access in the economy enabling economical acquisition of capital goods like cars. In Lagos for example. 1. There is no way around downsizing the government which is too large for the country's business. 3. This could include artisans training their own or other children but to qualify. The Middle Class everywhere have the following basic characteristics. generators etc. Perhaps because these people are often underserved for the prices they pay. 4. rural telephony site or whatever else. A scheme for people not covered by the Universal Basic Education scheme which are usually the poorest people who often can not afford getting their kids educated and often even need the kids for their contributions to family earnings. more stability in family life. such areas would be IBA or Obanikoro. 2.2. Most of the employees. Expanding Nigeria's middle class would involve schemes and policies to increase the numbers of population who have the above characteristics using households as the basis. a family like this would often have to pay to send their kids to schools in another area since the better schools are private and are generally not located in the areas in focus. houses. the children could be required to have at least basic primary education with demonstrable literacy. We could set an income threshold and say a family earning x Naira with at least one skilled parent and then focusing on improving social services in neighbourhoods dominated by such people. skill acquisition and leisure. cybercafe. Vision Twelve: How to dramatically expand Nigeria's middle class. Vision Thirteen: How to create an effective government. Particularly creating a consumer credit scheme for households with stable addresses with at least one skilled parent and skills in school. freezers. As an illustration. though mostly skilled have over years demonstrated ongoing gross incompetence and redundancy. One way to do this would be to pay a per diem allowance per child to skilled adults delivering informal skill transfers to children. Pushing a policy of multiskilling policy economywide giving companies incentives to train their employees in a second skill area. access to same basic social services as the rich. . They thus pay a transport premium in addition to paying a disproportionate percentage of their income on private education. more choices in terms of access to opportunities particularly as regards education. Ability to live through nonproductive periods. Empirically demonstrate that the vast majority of government policies in the generation since independence has been designed to favour the few over the many and it is now necessary to set the standard that each government policy must clearly benefit the majority of Nigerians. 5. Many of the things the government dabbles in are not needed by the country's current situation and direction. The government funding cheap nodal access to the Internet into underserved areas creating opportunities for people to render cheap access to the Internet in a variety of forms ranging from cybercafes to even school access. 2. 1. call centre.

elders' congresses etc. Redistribution of agricultural land held by the government with support for scalable cash crops and the formation of cooperatives for joint acquisition and utilisation of fertiliser. Making government officers accessible to the people and removing the veil of secrecy. Modernising traditional institutions like the traditional rulership. 4. 3. A new principle of selecting Ministers and commissioners which would require that all jobs requiring politics for success be purely political appointments while those jobs requiring performance and track-record be made purely on the basis of track-record and pedigree. . Opening government processes and employees to the people. There are just too many political offices handed by patronage. Once this reaches some level of self-sustainability. The Civil Service has to begin competing again for the best people. and mechanised implements. 5. excessive security and imperviousness that protects bad decision making and unaccountability. Dealing with the 'sharia” issue. They also need to simply and consistently get the best people wherever they may be. 7. Removing the pomp and excessive perks surrounding the largest offices to ensure that people who want to serve are the ones who get into offices. These must all be eliminated with executive counsel and assistance coming directly from within the civil service determined by merit. Century. 8. New housing developments in rural areas which use cheap materials to create housing to replace huts and other rural housing. 11. Vision Fourteen: How to bring the rural poor into the 21st. This would also serve to remove some of the reasons for graft. They can even become the employer of first choice in the economy by always talking to the best people from each class in each school. to bring them in sync with the thrust of mainstream society. Irrigation. 6. 10. rural telephony sites and libraries. Strengthening the decision making processes within the civil service to give the civil servants final say if they can support their positions using independent data.3. No Village left behind. One important strategy would be to initially focus on turning around urban areas and getting their economies going. A massive increase in wages in the government sector to bring them in line with prices of goods in the same economy. 1. These developments will be built with sports facilities. Remove opportunities for graft by making government decision making data-based and by automating most of government's business. Vision Fifteen: How to deal with religious divides. 4. There are too many special assistants to special assistants. 5. Creating a central procurement unit for the government which would report to the National assembly with direct oversight by the Presidency. the government can then give long term priority to developing rural areas. 9. 1. Promotion of agri-processing cottage industries for rural people using cheap local technology with acquisitions financed by micro-credit. 2. television and video screening centres and cybercafes. Picking its board would fall in equal measure to both arms of government but it would statutorily have some levels of guaranteed independence. Strengthening the independence of the bureaucracy. They would handle the purchase of all items and services used by the government and would have very clear streamlined fiscal targets. This would require positions like the Minister of finance or the Head of Government to be occupied by heavyweight wonks while positions like the Minister of external affairs or internal affairs would be occupied by politicians.

Their relationships with their stakeholders are poorly defined and very poor. 6. The customer really ought to be employers who need a steady steam of well-trained people. It would be desirable to have the research activities in the universities financed by the private sector with all issues of accountability and ROI fixed. Creation of a central database with all the research findings of the research institutes in the last 80 years with all the applications for them specified and specific information about resources needed to utilise them. fixing practical problems faced by industry. there is very poor definition of what value they should be rendering to whom. if the current system persists in which the government covers funding. The gap exists because the value chain around the universities and research institutes is broken. 1. the value the universities ought to render is to deliver a steady stream of quality graduates. 5. Attracting investment into agriculture. and payment from parents. The technology that Nigeria needs for processing of food is available locally and cheap. Everywhere black people are oppressed. maimed or repressed. Vision Seventeen: How to bridge the gap between town and gown. It might actually be better to have the universities become like a grand R & D department for the economy. Nigeria should become the defender who is willing to rally the world for action or take action. guardians and other sponsors. In particular. 1. For example. In Nigeria's case. The establishment of a central database for research findings in Nigeria. More important would be to deliver a steady stream of excellent research of the basic type leaving industry to do their own R & D. Decide with the universities who their customer would be and what value they would render. Vision Eighteen: How Nigeria can lead the first modern “black” civilisation. using which resources. 3. Nigerian Research Exchange would be an organisation that liaises with the private sector to determine industry research needs and then coordinate with the private sector to get funding for the research and find the intellectual resources to complete research projects. with which funds. the best funding formula would be for the government to pay the bills of students getting in on merit while others coming in on discretionary lists would be supported with student loans.2. 2. 1. 7. Create a system of funding ventures arising from the university system and the research institutes. Nigeria is very much close to sufficiency already and can very easily achieve both sufficiency and even competitive advantage in some foods. Vision Sixteen: How to achieve food sufficiency. Fix the issue of funding. Become the international voice for black African issues. utilising Nigeria's abundance of agricultural land. killed. 4. 8. The way they get funded should decide what value they ought to render. 2. Using intelligence drawn from Nigerians going on sabbatical in universities abroad to determine gaps in curriculum and research direction while formalising and structuring the knowledge. in which manner etc. Accepting multi-religiousity and teaching tolerance in schools as part of the socialisation of kids. .

4. artefacts and taking steps to cause the reawakening of Nigerians to the utility and value of these. The commission of a massive study that would identify traditional indigenous values and identify the critical few values that are relevant to what Nigeria faces in the future by way of an accepted and and expressed vision of Nigeria looking into centuries. Vision Nineteen: How to draw on our Western and Arabian heritage while leveraging our traditional values in the creation of a competitive national culture. Encouragement of the bringing of religion-inspired cultural artefacts into secular and mainstream use.2. traditional institutions festivals. A massive campaign must be begun to revamp and restore all Nigerian antiquities. 6. The acceptance that all people have the right to receive the most benefit from their own resources. coup-plotters. 3. Nigeria should make its foreign policy goals the same as black goals by doing more and more business with black countries. the right language and mindset. languages. sculpture. For example. Nigeria itself becomes the world's solid black democracy fulfilling its potential by remaining a stable. Peaceful and prosperous democracy. just like the speaking of English does. 1. 2. Nigeria to become a haven for the best black minds. Of Nigeria 2. It is possible however to keep studying the aspects of Western and Arab culture that we want to blend with our own cultures which all have traits that made them persist through the ages. 3. 4. Creating policies that place Nigeria at the centre of contemporary black culture. painting. 1. a controlled meshing of cultures which if safe would instantly become a magnet for various people. 7. 4. Massive push for indigenous technological development. military collaborators and enemies of past society allowing them amnesty in exchange for them backing out of the political system. fashion. music. 5. while protecting our culture and create a system of value reference points. Wage a war against mediocrity as an enemy of merit and the creator of a dysfunctional Nigerian state. movies. writing and everything else. The traditional religions of Benin and Ife can be a source of tourist revenues if Nigeria can attract Caribbean and South American adherents of those religions without the stigma many Nigerians would attach to that. A negotiated settlement with all previous looters. Nigeria's government to make policy and conduct governance as if it was doing so for the whole of Africa. The implementation of the Oputa Panel recommendations and a follow-up commission to . 3. The identified values must then become part of the socialisation of Nigerians incorporating them into the teaching of history. In other words. the ability of many Nigerians to speak and read Arabic gives Nigeria many benefits. Turn Nigeria into a melting point. 5. business and civics. Vision Twenty: How to terminate all the ghosts of Nigeria's past. 5. The acceptance of the fact that the North must have assurances given the fact that it has fewer human and natural resources but was dominant at the onset of colonialism and the creation. The socialisation of Nigerian youth to recognise cultural and ethnic differences but to be able to make decisions and function in society without recourse to ethnicity. It is impossible for Nigeria to turn away from Western or Arabian culture which have become ingrained into our way of life. 6.

obligations. 2. Responding to. service and responsibility and all ideals Nigeria wants in its young. Creating the ideal citizen through instruction thus imparting knowledge of rights. Vision Twenty-one: How to get stolen and expatriated money back into the Nigerian economy. and pure exploitation. disciplined and servile. unstable currency. 5. Teaching civics in school and making citizenship a priority in socialisation. 3. Reinstating pride in service by reforming the military and creating a new military that is civilised. Granting official seals or charters to products of companies with the bulk of ingredients and spare parts coming from within Nigeria with special incentives given. . Vision Twenty-three: How to protect our culture & create our own comprehensive system of values reference points. ethics. Teaching children how the Nigerian system should work. teaching ideals and glorifying the fatherland. Dealing with the other non-corruption causes of capital flight like instability. 4. 5. 1. Vision Twenty-two: How to develop an effective financial system. 3. low domestic capital formation. Reforming all uniformed services and honouring their work by the protection of their welfare. 4. Promoting the mobilisation of and protecting pension funds particularly by the institutionalisation of pension fund management. 1.monitor the cases well into the future. the reward of their work and the protection of their dignity. Protecting minority rights and guaranteeing everyone a seat at the table with equal forks and knives in the carving of the National Cake. Consolidating on the benefits of banking consolidation by engendering the movement of money and wealth out of the informal economy into the formal sector. 6. 1. Legislation giving protection to indigenous Nigerian companies in preferred sectors like the Oil. Making the government work for the people in ways that people see that the system gives them a chance to exercise their stake in it. and protecting the aspirations of the Nigerian. credit cards and ATM cards etc. Protecting the benefits and pride of citizenship by creating and sustaining a system that stands for the “little guy” and creates equal opportunity. Vision Twenty-four:How to develop citizens. 3. Promoting the use of banking instruments like cheques. 2. 2. Insurance sector consolidation and the encouragement on wider risk coverage. 4. Direct negotiation with the biggest culprits granting concessions for repatriation. Political pressure on foreign companies who routinely repatriate profits by encouraging the leaving of profits in the Nigerian economy. telecoms and power while at the same time putting higher tax liabilities on Nigerians who maintain the bulk of their wealth abroad while at the same time prosecuting many people for crimes committed over time and making it clear that if those monies are brought back to Nigeria by way of investment. crimes can be overlooked. Promoting a true meritocracy where the good get far and the best rule the roost. banking.

4. and improve the legal system. 4. 5. Dramatically improve Nigeria's relations with African countries by attracting concessions which allow Nigerians easy access to African countries and facilitating inter. Vision Twenty-six: How to define Nigeria's foreign policy. 5. Seriously re-evaluating Nigeria's role in international peacekeeping which has drawn it . Guaranteeing the constitutional right to petition the solicitor general who would be mandated to take on every petition to give a best case attempt to “right the wrongs” that are presented to this office. 2. 3. 6. consistent and extensive demonstration of equality before the law and supremacy of laws. Reforming the courts to create more civil. 3. Improvement of legal knowledge within the police and security forces. 1. 10. Comprehensive review of Nigeria's foreign policy so far to match the costs so far to the benefits. 11.and intraregional transportation Vision Twenty-seven: How to define Nigeria's military policy. Reforming police procedures to remove or continuously reduce opportunities for abuse. 2. activate redundant protections. Staunchly dealing with high-level crimes and corruption by making a clear. creating a system of constant review of pending cases and the welfare and status of inmates. 2. 9. speed and equity in court processes. Defining Nigeria's interest in line with Nigeria's vision and plans for the future. 1. 6. customary and small-claims courts while continuously upgrading judicial procedures to create more transparency. building new prisons. Tying Nigeria's foreign policy ends to the ends of the black world. building up defence industries to create technology intensiveness in warcraft and making military training compulsory for the youth and maintaining a reserve force. By building on the fact that Nigeria has peaceful neighbours.Vision Twenty-five: How to improve access to justice. Comprehensive review of Nigerian laws to take out draconian laws. Reform of the prison system. expanding beyond Africa into the diaspora. Facilitating the work of public coroners to perform mandatory investigation into every death to determine cause and making local government officials criminally liable for unclaimed corpses and the failure to establish cause of death for deceased Nigerians. 8. Strongly push Nigeria's non-alignment to expand ties with countries across world divides and blocs. drawing down on military size. outdated clauses. Negotiating freedom of international travel for Nigerians by committing to take responsibility for Nigerians living off the public charge in foreign countries. Removing double standards in the application of the law by guaranteeing some basic principles in all laws enforced by all levels of government. Creating Offices of the Public Defender which would advise citizens about their rights and help connect them to resources for seeking redress from perceived oppression. Controlling the proliferation of arms in Nigeria by removing undocumented arms or otherwise allowing everybody the right to bear arms. Correct historical injustices dating from the time of the formation of Nigeria either true the truth and reconciliation process or the creation of a special ombudsman to address such issues. 1. 7.

Fill the knowledge and curiousity gap of Westerners about Africa. Vision Twenty-eight: How to develop tourism in Nigeria. 1. number of publishable works. arts and science. non-alignment and multilateralism. Committing only to peacekeeping in neighbouring countries. synthesise ideas. regulate (but not censor) the publishing industry and recognise excellence in various dimensions. 2. Development of the business model to cheaply deliver truly national newspapers. 1. Creating an effective road network and transportation system. Fostering a Nigerian literary institute which would develop literary standards. 3. 4. One good way to do this is through media. 2. A massive drive to turn every literate Nigerian into a regular reader. 1. thought. Guaranteeing safety of lives and property. Act to encourage primary collection of news among Nigerian news media in place of the overreliance on agency news and press conferences. Establishing Nigeria as the centre of black culture by building on its huge influence on black music. One way would be for the Federal Government to as a first step buy publishing rights to the textbooks used in Nigeria and then award these rights to local publishers who meet certain criteria like the literary expertise of its management.VOA & CNN as the voices of Africa. Promoting and expanding ECOMOG 's capabilities. The idea is to share the financial risks of publishing and incentivise a whole industry. A new code of journalistic ethics that explicitly acts against the “brown envelope syndrome” that has seriously threatened press objectivity and independence. 3. use of Nigerian technology in publishing and quality of works it holds. Vision Thirty: How to reform the press and return to a free press. ideas. particularly the creation of media that can replace BBC. They generally believe that Africa is fascinating and dangerous but really know very little about what there is to see in Africa. Making the development of local publishing technology a key component of the country's technological development plans. Reuters. 3. delivering the same news across the country everyday. 1. AFP. Jump-start Nigeria's publishing industry. propagate them and permeate the minds of Nigerians. 4. Vision Thirty-one: How to remove money from politics.very little benefits over the years. Vision Twenty-nine: How to create Nigerian literature into an institution that creates. Formalising Nigeria's principles of non-aggression. prevention of the killing of black people and counties where Nigeria has a high economic stake. 4. One idea to achieve this is a bring someone to visit program giving a small airline rebate to any guest of a foreign -resident Nigerian. Bringing Nigeria into the mainstream of world consciousness through Nigerians in the diaspora . Public funding of the electioneering process of all parties meeting set criteria with the . 5. 2. 3.

Eliminating danfo services countrywide due to its inefficiencies and finding a way to preserve the capital of the danfo owners. 4. Proactive. Vision Thirty-four: How to develop a fair fiscal and revenue-generation arrangement for . 5. Giving individuals the locus standi to take legal action against people who use money to corrupt votes. Promoting meritocracy in Nigeria by creating a system in which each individual's track record is within the public sphere. Data-driven approach to the planning of roads. Bringing back Nigerian politics to the level of ideology and vision and making politics unprofitable for the unethical and corrupt. 6. long term planning of transportation systems. Membership would be defined as active members who attend the general convention of each party. 3. Enlisting religious institutions in the drive to overcome unethicality. Getting all Nigerians passing through the Nigerian school system to commit to a national code of ethics. Vision Thirty-two: How to remove the ethical gap that exists in Nigerian public life. Ensuring that the transportation system can conserve energy while moving people and cargo very cheaply. 2. for example. 5.2. 3. Setting very stringent conditions on the violations of electoral rules regarding finance stipulating outright suspension from the ballots or other penalties as might be compatible with the constitution. 1. Pushing for a renaissance in ethics by changing individual lives and using the media and other methods to demonstrate the aggregated costs of failure to society. Strict enforcement of money-laundering and other financial/electoral laws that prevent many of the nefarious actions of using money to corrupt the vote. Requiring all industrial and trade unions to induct their members with codes of ethics and making the violation of these actionable in court. Deal with the questions of piracy and intellectual property protection and establish even the arts as part of the economy. 4. state conventions could suffice. system working through the post-payment of receipted and competitively incurred expenses. Vision Thirty-three: How to develop a transportation backbone for Nigeria. A plan that commits to connect every village to the national primary road network even if the built roads are mere dirt roads. traffic and transportation system interfaces. 6. 7. Development of the railways by relying on Nigerian technology to build them with parts that can not be made in Nigeria imported. to raise 3000 Naira per registered member. 7. Setting caps on the amounts of money that can be raised by a party and tying it to membership such that each party could be allowed. 5. 2. 4. A law requiring that the account statements of all parties to be published in the newspapers every quarter. 3. Multifaceted approach to designing transport systems for urban areas combining various transportation means. 1. For logistical purposes.

Strengthening the way communities and individuals actually generate revenue and ensure that this organic approach is the basis on which private enterprise in the Nigerian economy is based. so far have involved. Foreign policy is also important in this respect and it would very much depend on Nigeria's ability to remain non-aligned despite huge pressure to align with America's foreign policy thrust. duties and other collectable revenues by the Federal Government while adapting progressive tax regimes and giving tax breaks to support social security at the individual level. Protect the minority rights of areas that do not generate adequate revenues by ensuring that richer areas take on the burden of sustaining these areas. 1. Vision Thirty-five: How to capitalise on Sino-Indian goals of exporting technology. Creating the environment that allows for the creation of huge companies based on technology transfer in exchange for capital. . 9. 3. Driving the federal government to the level where tax and duties are the major revenue earner for the government as opposed to what has been the norm in Nigeria. In other words. This reform is necessary given the general knowledge that the model of oil and gas industry adopted in Nigeria is unsustainable and inequitable and that oil would dry up in decades anyway. 10. Removing all laws. especially natural resources. Nigeria has to aim to gain “the best of both worlds” by maintaining its standing with the Western Oil companies while at the same time. 2. 2. majority rule but minority rights. collection of collectable revenue. 7. Leverage Nigeria's economic power in Africa by using Nigerian companies with SinoIndian technology to allow Chinese and Indian companies into African markets. One way to do this is to protect the large oil companies but make it easier for Sino-Indian companies to acquire Nigerian companies who are protected by indigenisation policies if technology transfer is involved. 8. policies and business models that centralise the exploitation of resources. Following domestic best practices in revenue generation for other levels of government which. 6. Retain the greatest fraction of collected revenue at the local level with the bulk actually going into village and town councils. automating collection. Adopt the principle that communities and individuals generate revenue and acknowledge that the Federal Government by itself does not have any natural right to revenue so earned by communities and individuals. Enshrinement of the derivation principle in revenue generation and distribution in Nigeria by acknowledging that revenue is best generated and monitored at the local level of government and this arrangement best serves equity. 4. Vision Thirty-six: How to reinstate the privilege of Nigerian citizenship. 5. 3. Allowing Sino-Indian multinationals access into the big ticket segments of the Nigerian economy and setting strict requirements as time goes by specifying levels of domestic R&D that must be done by these companies as well as setting standards for technology transfer and turnaround. 4. The actual collection of taxes. being able to gain technology from the Sino-Indian bloc. 5.Nigeria. Simplification of Nigeria's tax code and the unification of the entire tax regime applicable across Nigeria at all levels. 1.

2. 3. Africans and blacks in the diaspora by fostering a whole industry that delivers goods and services to these people. foreign affairs and politics. 7. Increase the minimum wage and constantly enact measures that would boost productivity. 3. Insist that all aid and development programs in Nigeria be filled by Nigerians. One counter-intuitive approach is to create global mobility for the best-qualified people and creating financial incentives that encourage them to make a base in Nigeria even while . One approach is to aim to obtain as much of the economic activities of Nigerians. Negotiating for and insisting on dignified treatment of Nigerians by foreign authorities as the precondition for diplomatic ties with every country. The goal of this is to establish Nigeria as an investment destination for black people. Grant them a say in the decision making process at home. Absolutely protect the security and human rights of every single Nigerian citizen in Nigeria. Vision Thirty-seven: How to leverage the economic power of Nigerians in the diaspora and of other blacks in the diaspora. Make Nigeria the pride of the black world by achieving basic distinction in political reforms. the arts. 7. The Nigerian government can subsequently be able to draw up on as loans for financing capacity building projects. 1. The first and most obvious is to restore the benefits of citizenship by establishing a clear set of benefits to be derived from Nigerian citizenship. Vision Thirty-eight: How to reverse the “brain-drain”. 4. Jump-start the Nigerian offshoring industry. Targeting rich and influential members of the black diaspora from other countries and granting them business concessions in Nigeria. 3. surging economic growth. Achieve and then leverage national competence in sports and arts as an easy means to shore up Nigerians' pride in Nigeria. Remove taxes on money repatriations from Nigerians abroad. Negotiate with the multilateral institutions to create a Nigeria diaspora fund managed by the IFC which can be invested in new ventures. tourism. 5. 1. While Nigerian wages can not be at Western levels. There is no value to aid programs that bring highly paid foreign nationals to do development work in Nigeria when there are capable Nigerians who can take these jobs. Create an industry which simply targets the delivery of services and products to Nigerians abroad and using them as a base for Nigerian companies to enter foreign markets. Negotiate with Western powers to obtain concessions relating to businesses either targeting Nigerians abroad or businesses owned by Nigerians abroad which have dealings in Nigeria. Make Nigeria decent in the eyes of the world and make it look like the best of the black world. Enable the use of assets held by Nigerians abroad as collateral for obtaining financing in Nigeria. 4. 5. 6.1. Nigerian treasury bills and Nigerian stocks. 2. it can surely be at subsistence levels. It is all about perception. 2. 6. Wages in Nigeria are too low to keep skilled people in Nigeria. Create a system for truly rewarding the people who truly serve and create benefits for Nigeria and its people. 4. This would also push tourism in Nigeria and increase the number of global voices talking in Nigeria's favour internationally.. 5. Active support of Nigerians in the diaspora in the quests of their lives abroad.

3. TV programs. Resist cultural dumping which is a term that describes where cheap news. A popular movement. 3. books. Establish empirically that Nigeria has been a slave to imperialism which. 2.g. Vision Thirty-nine: How to get our country back from the stooges of imperialism. 4. Consequently study how it works and dismantle the frameworks and structures that enable it. pension incentives etc. 1. The logic is that since most people leaving Nigeria are leaving for financial benefit arising from the greater number of opportunities available abroad. . our goal is just simply to ensure that it is a peaceful and silent revolution. Nigerian interests and where there are opportunities for mutual benefits. has been a major underdevelopment factor.working all over the world. 6. It is necessary to roll-back the factors built into the system by colonialism which created this. Post-Independence Nigerian governments have largely just taken the colonial template for running a country for their use without readjustments. are imported into Nigeria without payment of duties and and therefore crowd out competing Nigerian programs. 5. It has been said that whatever would change Nigeria would be a revolution. Non-aggressive but very firm foreign policy that establishes very clearly. The Nigerian economy is still oriented towards taking value outside Nigeria in its rawest form just like in colonial days. the factor which has been Nigeria's death knell and the perpetrators of which have been those who have adopted policies that favoured foreign states and institutions infinitely more than the Nigerian people. The only exception would be where aid resources are directed at individuals and not communities. Dissociate from organisations that were set up for the sole purpose of extending 3 rd. 6. Nigeria does not need foreign aid which has only existed to create and sustain dependence. 5. if there are financial bases for making Nigeria a base while working in global consulting for example. government and institutions. To really inform and educate Nigerians about life abroad to bring reality into the “romantic” views of living abroad that many Nigerians have. Vision Forty:How to achieve emancipation from neo-colonisation and neo-imperialism. Use Nigerian talent to develop Nigeria by creating some grand and audacious projects to be built using Nigerian technology and capabilities even if it may be necessary to have foreign consultants. The incentives could include help financing houses and acquiring houses in Nigeria. Establish a popular vision for Nigeria. Obtain all looted money and disgrace the Nigerians who make money in Nigeria and chose to leave the money abroad. 7. people would do so. Readjust the structure of the Nigerian economy from the colonial structure that it basically still has. Formally acknowledge that this exists and has been a factor. aided by gross failure of the Nigerian state. For example. grants for skills acquisition. 1. 4. ACP). Renounce foreign aid. World dependence and push for the creation of alternative organisations to achieve this end (e. Establish Nigerian interests intellectually and create a consensus on these. films etc. 2. The idea is not to resist foreign culture but to regard it as an import and a creator of demand for foreign goods and treat is as the economic phenomenon that it is. using solid economic data. lower tax rates. publicise it widely and educate Nigerians at all levels in their various groups and segments what each of these portend for them so that they have a standard with which to measure the performance of their institutions and leaders. it is a fact that colonial policies made Nigeria a net food importer.

objectives and approaches.Vision Forty-one: How to create a Nigeria that westerners can truly live in. Vision Forty-three: How to protect our environment and achieve sustainability. 2. one that is modern and westernised and one that is not. Aim to keep every single expatriate that comes into Nigeria by offering incentives for settlement like creating safe havens even within Nigeria. Recognise and project non-indigenous Nigerians of Indian. Syrian. Pass and enforce legislation protecting the reproductive. Lebanese and other ancestries which have had a long history as settled people in Nigeria. A manufacturer could for example pay for each cubic centimetre of nitrous oxide it releases into the environment. 5. 4. Commission a comprehensive study of the Nigerian environment. particularly in areas most threatened by human activity and determine the specific threats. reclamation for agriculture or for the mining of mineral resources. 3. 1. Deal with security and policing issues by particularly continuing with the very good trackrecord that Nigeria has had with the security of expatriates. physical and spiritual rights of women in Nigeria and thus allowing more women access to the same opportunities as are available to men. 3. 3. Enrich the attraction by offering a mix. the owners of capital must be able to live in Nigeria. whether for logging. 1. companies could pay upfront for whichever of their activities adversely affect the environment. Create a public ombudsman to deal with this issue. Dismantle the racist and discriminatory practices of multinationals in Nigeria particularly relating to discrimination in favour of white people and foreigners. 1. Make one particular expatriate safe haven in Nigeria as the base for expatriates working in the oil sector and other industries in West Africa and thus building on any successes that may be achieved in the drive to make Nigeria an economic hub. Having an accurate calibration system nationwide would be a key issue but also important is to allow start-ups a free pass by waiving fees for their first years or . Vision Forty-two: How to stop racism and sexism in Nigeria. create some places that are better than the rest of Nigeria and safe such that expatriates can maintain the same lifestyles they would lead in a western country and assistance towards settlement. Project the face of modern Nigeria and help foreigners see that there are two Nigerias. For Nigeria to develop. In other words. One very important thing to do is to aim to formalise traditional agricultural practices like fallow methods etc. Review compensation rules for environmental damage and create a strong monitoring and correction machinery. work. 2. We need their money and we need their money in Nigeria. Use the same model used for allocating other scarce resources for allocating adverse use of the environment and auction off use of the environment. Disabuse Nigerian minds of the notion of being inferior to Caucasians and other lighter skinned people. 2. In other words. 4.

Shore up the national park system and work for continuous improvement in their capability. Examples are trees. 9. 1. Create effective programs for renewing the parts of the Nigerian environment that are renewable. Build on Nigeria's natural advantages. Provide equipment for youth sports in every school providing balls. the organising ability of these organisations and their wealth of resources can be tapped. 4. Use churches and other religious organisations as to promote sports in Nigeria by enlisting the organised religious bodies in carefully designed schemes. Helping the establishment of domestic gym equipment manufacturers and build an industry of public gyms in every neighbourhood. Every child in every Nigerian school must. 6. swimmers of the riverine Ijaw. 2. Such individuals would be individuals of every age who participate in community or school sports and are registered nationally as having met those standards. green spaces and marine life. Creation of a recycling system and also a system for disposal of non-renewable waste especially oils and corrosive materials. Reform the sports associations by cleaning out the jobbers and political appointees who dominate them in favour of people whose livelihoods and lifestyles represent each specific sport. A national athletes bread kitchen program which would create government subsidised food kitchens across the nation with exclusive access to individuals who meet certain standards in their sporting careers. 1. every community must be provided with government recognised coaches and instructors who would develop a nationwide program for youth sports and their delivery. it is imperative for Nigeria to already make energy conservation and clean fuels a priority. Aim to attract investment in this industry and concede the government-owned stadia to individuals. 3. among others. Consequently.allowing deferment of payment. Ensure that mass transit systems are created that make public transport preferable to public transport. 11. Comply with the Kyoto protocol. 5. Help create a sports industry in Nigeria by promoting successful business models for commercial football as a priority. Vision Forty-four:How to become a world leader in sports and the arts. Channel the passion of Nigerians for football by fixing the football association and making it capable of delivering consistent international success. and other paraphernalia. 8. at all levels. 7. nets. Massive investment in building sports facilities in every Nigerian community starting with the urban areas where land is scarce and fields are most lacking. 9. This way. 11. 6. to help create opportunities for successful television coverage of live football and 10. Vision Forty-five: How to solve the housing problem. deeply religious Nigerians to combine a healthy spiritual life with healthy bodies. Remove the artificial scarcity of built houses nationwide by making government-owned . 10. 5. play at least one sport or game. etc. An urgent program of urban “greenification” to create truly garden cities. This way. 7. for example in training long-distance runners among the Fulani in the highlands. 8. Despite being an energy-rich country with less need for energy than the nations of the Northern hemisphere.

Base social security on mass buying and expenditure but leave its operations under autonomous and quasi-market based structures. Leave no resource unutilised or underutilised. good location. 8.2. incapacitated and incapable of the society who are nearest to them and which they are responsible for or obliged to. group transport and shuttle services etc. Vision Forty-six: How to tap the Nigerian potential. 2. Rebuilding homesteads and villages by helping the rural poor build new homes out of cheap materials with the idea that even very modest modern houses are better than huts. Make the Nigerian extended family system the basis of social security by enabling individuals to take care of the poor. 3.e. recreational facilities. rent out apartments and then deem the rents paid by a tenant for two to five years as a down payment for a mortgage which the government owned company subsequently assists the individual with getting. 4. Search and dig deep within our history. 4. 1. 7. amenities like satellite TV. shacks and mud houses. infirm. 10. Recognise that the greatest Nigerian potential is the infinite creative power of every Nigerian to create enduring value using resources in its environment and subsequently subject every government or corporate policy to the standard that each policy must satisfy this objective and advance the ability of Nigerians to do this. 6. companies the competitor of private owners who dominate a market that has functioned like an oligopoly. 1. 5. 5. its citizens or its environment. our environment and our culture to find the confluence of Nigerian cultures that is optimal and world-beating. 3. Strive towards nationalism as a national priority and create true citizens of a utile state. A rent to own business model offered by local or urban government-owned housing companies which would build. Channel long-term money into the construction industry and use legislation to remove practices geared at short-term recovery of building investments like demand for 2-year rents. Vision Forty-seven: How to achieve social security in Nigeria. etc. i. Decent one-bedroom apartments as a building model which would be an improvement on the rented room Hostel system for young people who would not mind sharing their living spaces for lower housing costs and reasonable living standards. Tally the cost of social security to each individual's economic power. Make the government effective such that N1 delivers multiples of N1 value to the country. 9. iterate and continually improve autonomously. Achieve self-sufficiency in food production. 3. In other words. Ensure that social security schemes created by government do not in any way detract from the ability of the state or its citizens to achieve their economic goals. Teach every Nigerian child and ensure that each child excels in at least one thing. Use social security to create economic opportunities in ways such as ensuring that unemployment benefits are mostly expended on getting the unemployed single mother a job. 4. progressive principles. 6. 5. Create systems that learn. Ensure that all government and corporate (corporate refers to any group) actions always aim to deliver benefit to the majority. while the benefit her kid receives for being the child of an unemployed single mother . 2. Eliminate poverty from the face of Nigerian earth by delivering good nutrition to all.

child nutrition. there is no alternative to a national conference. 8. Adjust the curriculum to deal with current and real societal problems while also teaching more science. a shared goods component and a per-student component. 3. A multifaceted approach that could combine primary health care. Strengthen and also use communities for creating and delivering social security. Designate it a priority industry acknowledging Nigeria's competitive advantage in sports . 7. Some of the world's biggest conflicts in the 100 years between 1905-2005 have been about differences in definition of freedom and the sharing of rights and obligations between citizens and their states. For example. This has been playing out within Nigeria and remains unsolved. Commit 20-25% of government expenditure to education.goes to ensuring that the child can attend school and develop normally. 2. Make education compulsory and prosecute people whose children are not getting educated. Base spending on two components. 2. such that each individual receives equal coverage from the state. 1. 1. 4. A true merit recognition scheme at the national level such that only the people who contribute the most get honoured. For example. 10. 6. where the best finish first. education and poverty eradication into one single scheme. Give equal educational opportunities to children of both sexes. Establish a system in which the transitions that mark an individual's life are marked by merit. Make teachers out of as many unemployed but educated youths as is possible. Vision Fifty: How to create a definition of freedom that we all agree with. 5. 5. Vision Forty-eight: How to create universal education in Nigeria. Pool school resources for big facilities. Enshrine merit into government appointments. Create quality assurance mechanisms in the delivery and formulation of education. children could get one nutritious free meal at school as well as primary health care while their mothers can get access to micro-credit through the parents-teachers associations. Give communities power in education and create ways or formalising. 9. Eliminate rampantness and impunity in Nigerian corruption and return it to being something people do and hide. 4. 1. many schools in an area could share one big and standard laboratory complex. 6. Vision Fifty-one: How to make sport a multi-billion dollar Nigerian industry. Establish national standards for measuring performance in every field and sphere and create benchmarks for all institutions and corporate bodies. achieving universal excellence in language and maths and focusing on social skills delivery. 7. To resolve this in Nigeria. It is one of the most fundamental issues facing any nation. Create strong laws against nepotism and make a law criminalising the appointment of people who have a track record of being incompetent into positions of authority. Vision Forty-nine: How to establish a meritocracy in Nigeria. regulating and improving informal education. 3. Reform university admissions nationwide such that only the best students go to Universities. 1. 6.

The perfect counter-balance to this is to change policies as the Nigerian sports industry starts to grow. Mobilise funds from the betting. Develop a critical number of world-class facilities in the most viable sports. the focus of Nigeria's sporting community. Create state mechanisms for redressing abuses of liberties. Remove NTA's monopoly regarding coverage by pushing the formation of another television network for sports coverage. I hope that Nigeria can disprove racial inferiority of the black man. My Vision for Nigeria I was born in the 1970s and so I can expect that by the 2040s I would be facing transition from this life to a post-life. My belief is that Nigeria can be united by the 2040s. Empower civil society groups and create an office of the solicitor-general whose job is to use government tools to uphold the rights of citizens. 1. higher. clean and safe environment and the arts. Educate every citizen how his rights are protected and can be enforced. 7. 2. 4.which arises from having 130 million people. Create a system to deliver consistently free and fair elections. the eighth most populous country in the world. Protect “whistle-blowers” from victimisation by creating a special office or commission which would monitor their post whistle-blowing lives and careers to ensure they are not victimised and afford them special security if possible. Develop the very best Nigerian sporting youths in a “gifted people” program and constantly help the next best get to better facilities abroad. whether they are self-inflicted or externally created. lotto and allied industries for developing sports. etc. Create a truly competitive structure for every sport or game tying the fates of sport owners and sponsors to sporting success. 5. Create a civil police force and make provisions to protect abuse of the police by the political system or internal actors. an open multicultural society. and other professional leagues. 2. My vision for Nigeria at this time is of a strong black nation. I expect that my children's generation would then be inheriting the Nigerian earth. Aim to make Nigeria 6. 3. Reform all our institutions such that they operate on the principles and uphold the values that may be identified as Nigeria's core values and principles. I believe that a true African civilisation can emerge in Nigeria in decades. pools. stronger. I believe that in my lifetime I can see the firm foundations of that firmly pressed into the world. Foster the creation of a sporting equipment industry in Nigeria to serve a nationwide program making it compulsory for all school-age youths to participate in at least one game. 8. knowledge. people. 9. 6. . faster. 5. that has overcome all the odds against it. and create a true indigenous civilisation drawing resources from everywhere to tackle its world.. Seeking foreign investment in sporting ventures like a professional football league. 7. A watered Nigerian earth. Vision Fifty-two: How to protect our freedom(s). I expect an economic powerhouse at the trigger-point of Africa that is a leading contributor to the world's output in goods. Development of clear national standards in every sport and game and make the search ever better. 4. services. further. 3. 10.

Nigeria has all the resources it needs to be a great nation. most encompassing sense. the engendering of every Nigerian potential and the exponential transformation of every energy. with their own culture and economy secured in its interaction with the world and being sustained in cross-dependence with the world. I envision. matter. It already is. the best of Africa's spirit. to grow from strength to strength. time. I want to work to make that start to happen in my life time. I envision social justice. government that delivers the nation's aspirations and best interests. communities that work. I see a nation being a hope and refuge. the best of Africa's environment and create a new culture and approach to life that enriches others in enrichment of all and create a system that prospers each person because of the other and not at the expense of the other. I see a proud people. loosest. I commit to live my life for this ideal and measure my every act against this goal. Nigeria is best placed to redeem the best African values. with perpetual space for its citizens as long as the world exists. the prosperity I sense is in the broadest. I therefore not only expect my children to have much better lives than I have. and bind. I want Nigeria to be its best forever. her creative resources and her material resources without fulfilment. I envision economic justice. resource and emotion into enduring prosperity. in conjunction with those of all my fellow visioneers. I call on every Nigerian to make this same commitment. families that support and sustain. What it has lacked has been consensus around a living vision of the nation's direction in history. and a society that leaves no individual. I expect their compatriots' lives to be better. . I believe that my visions. When I envision Nigeria prospering. would be the sufficient condition for success. enterprises that nourish and spread. and a beaming beacon to the black world and standing tall. while being counted in the throng of great nations. beliefs and efforts.


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